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    by Communications & Development | Mar 17, 2017
    Women History

    Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Clubwomen and Music in Gilded Age Chicago: Frances Macbeth Glessner, Mozart, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Melanie Bookout 10:00 AM, Discovery Center Melanie Bookout examines the work of a major music patron, Frances Macbeth Glessner (1848-1932), patron and friend to many of the best musicians, artists, poets, and writers who lived or worked in Chicago. Glessner was an accomplished pianist, and her activities as clubwoman and patron offer a rich glimpse of music-making in “frontier” America.  

    Mommy, What Did You Do During the War? -
    Delia Bourne 11:30 AM, Discovery Center How did women participate in the military efforts during war time in the United States? How did this change from one war to the next? Discover answers to these questions and how your female ancestors could have contributed to the military efforts through the years.  

    Dames and Darbies - Female Detectives -
    Allison DePrey Singleton 1:30 PM, Discovery Center
    Learn about women detectives, a most unusual profession for the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Women like Alice Clement, Kate Warne, Mary Shanley, and Frances Glessner Lee (daughter of Frances Macbeth Glessner) paved the way for women doing detective work today.

    To register for these FREE events, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.
    by Communications & Development | Feb 17, 2017

    On May 19, 1875, Mary Todd Lincoln was arrested and tried for lunacy before a jury of twelve men in the Cook County Court in Chicago. The charge had been filed by her son, Robert Todd Lincoln, and the state of Illinois required a civil trial to rule on the issue.  Robert's "Application to Try the Question of Insanity" requested that "Mary Lincoln be declared an insane person after due hearing and proof, and that a Conservator be appointed to manage and control her estate."

    On May 20, Mary was confined to Bellevue Place, a private sanitarium in Batavia, Illinois, where she would remain until she successfully engineered her release on September 10.

    On Sunday, March 26, at 2 p.m., Sara Gabbard will present "The Insanity Files: The Ordeal of Mary Todd Lincoln" exploring the events and personalities surrounding Mrs. Lincoln's trial and commitment. The program will be held in Meeting Room A of the Allen County Public Library's Main Library at 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. Letters and documents from the Insanity File Collection will be on display.

    The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library and is free and open to the public.
    by Communications & Development | Jan 27, 2017

    The AARP Tax-Aide program is offering free tax help sessions. These drop-in sessions are offered on a first come, first served basis. Before traveling, check with your local branch for any cancellations. 

    The first day of free tax preparation starts Monday, January 30, 2017, and following as noted by the library branch schedule below. Free tax preparation will continue through Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

    Aboite Branch Library
    Mondays 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm

    Dupont Branch Library
    Tuesdays 11:00 am–3:00 pm *Begins Feb. 7

    Georgetown Branch Library
    Tuesdays 10:00 am–2:00 pm *Begins Feb. 7

    Grabill Branch Library
    Thursdays 10:00 am–2:00 pm

    Hessen Cassel Branch Library
    Tuesdays 10:30 am–2:30 pm

    Little Turtle Branch Library
    Mondays 12:00 noon–4:00 pm

    Main Library
    Tuesdays 4:00–7:00 pm

    New Haven Branch Library
    Thursdays 10:00 am–2:00 pm

    Pontiac Branch Library
    Mondays 10:30 am–2:30 pm

    Shawnee Branch Library
    Wednesdays 10:00 am–2:00 pm

    Tecumseh Branch Library
    Wednesdays 10:00 am–2:00 pm

    Waynedale Branch Library
    Tuesdays 12:00 noon–4:00 pm


    St. Mary’s Catholic Church
    110 S. Lafayette St Fort Wayne, IN 46802
    Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
    2:00–8:00 pm
    Saturdays 9:00 am–1:00 pm
    *Closed March 1 for Ash Wednesday

    American Red Cross
    1212 California Rd Fort Wayne, IN 46895
    Saturdays 9:00 am–1:00 pm

    Fort Wayne Community Center
    233 W Main St Fort Wayne, IN 46802
    Monday–Friday 8:30 am–2:00 pm

    St. Joseph Township Community Hall
    6033 Maplecrest Rd Fort Wayne, IN 46835
    Wednesdays 2:00–7:00 pm

    Lutheran Life Villages - S Anthony
    6701 S Anthony Blvd Fort Wayne, IN 46816
    Tuesdays 10:00 am–2:00 pm

    Dekalb Co COA - Auburn
    1800 E 7th St Auburn, IN • 46706
    Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 12:00–3:30 pm

    Concordia Lutheran Church
    4245 Lake Ave Fort Wayne, IN • 46815
    (260) 485–9393
    Mondays & Fridays 9:00 am–1:00 pm


    For a complete list of items to bring please visit:

    by Amanda K C | Jan 24, 2017
    Cerkl Graphic

    The Allen County Public Library is dedicated to informing, educating, entertaining, and culturally enriching the entire community by providing the best information, programs, and services to our community.

    In today’s world where information is coming to you from all angles--text messages, emails, Facebook, etc.--personalized, relevant information is more important than ever, and is also harder to discover.

    The ACPL recognizes this, and we are taking an innovative step to save you time when communicating news and content.

    In order to provide the most meaningful, useful and timely information, the Allen County Public Library will now allow you to self-select the topics you wish to see from us, on a schedule of your choosing and in the format that you want.

    Our content is now delivered YOUR way, expanding the gateway for loyal library patrons and friends to build relationships with each other and our library community that is the foundation of the Allen County Public Library.

    Interested in new book releases, but not summer reading camps? Your ACPL newsletter will only give you the information you want to know about, saving you time and allowing you to stay connected with what you love most.

    The first personalized ACPL newsletter will arrive sometime this week, so be on the lookout for your unique experience!

    by Communications & Development | Jan 23, 2017

    Sunday, April 9 Main Library • 1:00–2:00 pm
    Monday, April 10 Georgetown Branch 7:00–8:00 pm
    Tuesday, April 11 Aboite Branch 7:00 pm
    Wednesday, April 12 Dupont Branch 6:00 pm

    Come meet Bumblebee in person at the library.  You can have your picture taken with him, shake his hand, and talk to him.  This program is part of National Library Week 2017: Libraries Transform.

    NLW Bumblebee at the Library

    by Communications & Development | Jan 19, 2017

    The Tenth Annual ACPL Teen Photography Competition Exhibition is now accepting submissions. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2017.

    Awards will be in both junior (ages 11–14) and senior (ages 15–19) divisions. Photos will be selected for an exhibit in the Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery at the Main Library with an awards reception at the exhibit opening Saturday, May 13, 2017.

    For more information and the rules and entry form please visit:

    2017 Teen Photography Competition

    by Communications & Development | Jan 17, 2017

    National Library Week | Altered Book Contest

    An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning. Altered books may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page, or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture.

    Entries accepted at the Main Library’s Art, Music & Media Department March 25–April 3. Winners and prizes will be announced April 10 on the ACPL Facebook page. Altered Books will be on display at the Main Library April through June 30, 2017. The ACPL reserves the right not to display all entries. Incomplete entry forms will not be accepted. Call (260) 421–1200 ext. 2104 with questions. 

    National Library Week | Altered Book Workshops

    Main Library | Meeting Room A 
    Tuesday, March 14 | 2:00–4:00 pm
    Call (260) 421–1210 for details.

    Tecumseh Branch
    Thursday, March 16 | 7:00 pm
    Call (260) 421–1360 for details.

    Grabill Branch
    Saturday, March 18 | 10:30–11:30 am
    Call (260) 421–1325 for details.

    Main Library | Teens Department Art Lab
    Monday, March 20 | 7:00–8:30 pm
    Call (260) 421–1255 for details.

    Main Library | Children's Services Department
    Saturday, March 25 | 2:00–3:00 pm
    Call (260) 421–1220 for details. 

    Shawnee Branch
    Tuesday, March 28 | 7:00 pm
    Call (260) 421–1355 for details.

    If you would like to enter, click the link below to fill out electronically and/or print the Altered Book Contest Entry Form!

    Altered Book Contest Entry Form 2017

    by Communications & Development | Jan 09, 2017

    Join us at the Monroeville Branch Library for the Four Presidents Historical Society meetings in 2017! 

    The Hamilton Sisters of Fort Wayne
    March 1 • 6:30 pm
    Guest Speaker: David Dew
    Retired Northwood Middle School history teacher, David Dew, talks about the famous Hamilton sisters of Fort Wayne. Edith Hamilton was an accomplished Classical scholar, educator and author. Alice Hamilton was the first female professor in Harvard University’s medical school and she is considered to be the founder of OSHA. Edith and Alice had a first cousin, Agnes, who assisted indigent women and children in Fort Wayne by founding the local YWCA, opening the first library and helping to establish the Bethany Presbyterian Church.  

    The Curious Case of Cornelius Garvin
    May 3 • 6:30 pm
    Guest Speaker: Jane Gastineau
    Lincoln Librarian, Jane Gastineau, discusses the research she conducted for an Irish scholar who requested information on Cornelius Garvin. Garvin was a resident of the Rensselaer County Almshouse, and he was sold as a substitute into the Union army by the home’s superintendent. Cornelius, who was mentally disabled, had been placed in the county almshouse by his mother, Catharine. She was no longer able to care for her eighteen-year-old son at home. When Catharine went to visit her son one day, the superintendent informed her that Cornelius was now in the army. Catharine Garvin spent many years looking for her son, even enlisting the aid of President Abraham Lincoln, but she ultimately accepted the findings of the U.S. Army investigation that her son was dead. The basis for Jane’s research are the documents in the Catharine Garvin Collection  that are housed in the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection at the Allen County Public Library.

    by Communications & Development | Nov 21, 2016

    The Allen County Public Library offers a variety of incredible storytimes for all ages and stages! Check out the following link to see a calendar view of storytimes at all of our locations:

    Link to Calendar of ACPL Storytimes 

    Here are the titles and descriptions for the main storytimes we offer: 

    Baby Storytime
    Rhymes, songs, bounces and books just right for your little one! Build your baby’s foundation for lifelong reading and learning with this engaging storytime. Designed for children from birth18 months and their caregivers.

    Toddler Storytime
    Wiggle, rhyme, read, and sing in this active storytime!  Simple stories and music introduce the sounds and rhythms of language and play to your little learner. Designed for children 18 months3 years and their caregivers.

    Preschool Storytime
    Discover books, songs, rhymes and movement activities while building language and literacy skills. Everyone will read, sing, write, talk and play at this energetic storytime. Designed for children 36 years and their caregivers. 

    Family Storytime
    Children learn naturally when they read, sing, write, talk and play!  This interactive storytime combines books, songs, rhymes and fun for all ages and stages. Designed for children of various ages and their caregivers. 

    Music and Movement Storytime
    Stretch, sing, dance, and jump along in this fast-paced storytime perfect for active young children who learn best when their bodies are in motion. Designed for children 2–6 years and their caregivers.

    by Communications & Development | Oct 20, 2016

    Check out the link below to browse a wide variety of classes offered through the ACPL Maker Labs!

    ACPL Maker Lab Classes

    by Communications & Development | Oct 20, 2016
    Interested in joining a book club? Check out the link below to see a variety of book clubs at select Allen County Public Library locations. Decide which one best fits your interests (and your schedule!)

    ACPL Book Clubs Calendar View

    by Melissa C. Tennant | Jun 15, 2016
    Saturday, July 30 • 10:00 am
    Genealogy Discovery Center, Main Library

    Property records can provide much more to your research than just locations. Learn how to locate and utilize these great resource documents. Presented by Cynthia Theusch as part of the Beginning or Beginning Again series.

    To register for these free programs call (260) 421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.
    by Communications & Development | May 02, 2016
    The Allen County Public Library will be closed on Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30, 2016 for Memorial Day.

    Memorial Day
    by Cathy Lambert | Mar 03, 2016
    Thursday, June 2 • 1:00 pm
    Teen Department, Main Library

    Local author Kayleen Reusser has written new books on Hollywood film star Angelina Jolie and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.  These humanitarians have dedicated their lives to helping people in need.  Come to the meeting on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 1:00 pm to hear ideas of how teens – YOU! – can take action to help people in need around the world.  We’ll work on a project that will be used to help orphans.

    Homeschool Happenings
    Above: Local author Kayleen Reusser 

    by Delia Bourne | Feb 22, 2016

    In celebration of the state’s bicentennial, The Genealogy Center invites Hoosiers to contribute images of “life lived in the small places” as that is what makes, and has made, Indiana great. We are interested in old and new images of daily life and the people of Indiana that showcase Hoosier life. These can include children at play, people at work, people hanging out, sporting events, homes and buildings, and so much more.

    The Genealogy Center will collect “Who’s a Hoosier?” images through December 11, 2016 in honor of Indiana’s 200 years of statehood. Contribute often as you celebrate family, community, and special events throughout the year.

    To show your Hoosier pride, please contribute pictures along with descriptions of the images, detailing who and what makes Indiana great!

    For more information visit:

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    Check out our Instagram @GenealogyCenter and use the hashtag:

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